World Giving Index

The World Giving Index (WGI) is an annual report published by the Charities Aid Foundation, using data gathered by Gallup, and ranks over 140 countries in the world according to how charitable they are. The aim of the World Giving Index is to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world. The first edition was released in September 2010.[1] The most recent edition was published in November 2016, with Myanmar, the United States and Australia ranking as the top three. New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Canada, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and United Arab Emirates complete the top ten.[2]

MethodologyEdit

This report is primarily based upon data from the Gallup World Poll, which is an ongoing research project carried out in more than 140 countries that together represent around 95% of the world’s adult population (around 5 billion people). In most countries surveyed, 1,000 questionnaires are completed by a representative sample of individuals living across the country. The coverage area is the entire country including rural areas. The sampling frame represents the entire civilian, non-institutionalised, aged 15 and older population of the entire country. In some large countries such as China and Russia samples of at least 2,000 are collected, while in a small number of countries, the poll covers 500 to 1,000 people but still features a representative sample. The survey is not conducted in a limited number of instances including where the safety of interviewing staff is threatened, scarcely populated islands in some countries, and areas that interviewers can reach only by foot, animal or small boat.[3]

In all, over 150,000 people were interviewed by Gallup in 2014 and samples are probability-based. Surveys are carried out by telephone or face-to-face depending on the country’s telephone coverage.[4] There is of course a margin of error (the amount of random sampling error) in the results for each country, which is calculated by Gallup around a proportion at the 95% confidence level (the level of confidence that the results are a true reflection of the whole population). The maximum margin of error is calculated assuming a reported percentage of 50% and takes into account the design effect.

Gallup asked people which of the following three charitable acts they had undertaken in the past month:[4]

  • helped a stranger, or someone they didn’t know who needed help?
  • donated money to a charity?
  • volunteered your time to an organisation?

World Giving Index rankingsEdit

Country 2016 rank[5] 2015 rank[4] 2014 rank[6] 2013 rank[7]
  Myanmar 1 1 1 2
  United States 2 2 1 1
  Australia 3 5 6 7
  New Zealand 4 3 5 2
  Sri Lanka 5 8 9 10
  Canada 6 4 3 2
  Indonesia 7 22 13 17
  United Kingdom 8 6 7 6
  Ireland 9 9 4 5
  United Arab Emirates 10 14 n/a n/a
  Uzbekistan 11 27 28 50
  Kenya 12 11 15 33
  Netherlands 13 7 12 8
  Norway 14 15 n/a 11
  Turkmenistan 15 71 23 26
  Malta 16 12 16 12
  Iceland 17 n/a 14 17
  Bhutan 18 17 n/a n/a
  Kuwait 19 24 n/a n/a
  Denmark 20 39 18 25
  Germany 21 20 28 22
  Malaysia 22 10 7 71
   Switzerland 23 40 n/a 12
  Finland 24 31 25 33
  Sweden 25 28 40 39
  Bahrain n/a 13 n/a n/a
  Guatemala 29 16 25 30
  Kyrgyzstan 34 18 83 73
  Thailand 37 19 21 38
  Jamaica n/a 21 20 n/a
  Austria 30 23 17 15
  Liberia 52 25 45 n/a
  Hong Kong n/a 26 n/a 17
  Puerto Rico n/a 29 n/a n/a
  Northern Cyprus 42 30 39 n/a
  Iran 45 32 19 n/a
  Luxembourg 49 33 65 28
  Singapore 28 34 n/a 64
  Taiwan 50 35 47 52
  Costa Rica 62 36 34 23
  Slovenia 40 37 34 44
  Iraq 31 38 43 89
  Dominican Republic 36 41 27 39
  Cyprus 35 42 23 24
  Nigeria 56 43 21 20
  Malawi 38 44 56 43
  Mauritius n/a 45 n/a 93
  Philippines 47 46 30 16
  Saudi Arabia 41 47 47 57
  Belgium 32 48 52 57
  Chile 55 49 50 35
  South Africa 61 49 34 69
  Zambia 63 51 47 45
  Mongolia 27 52 32 41
  Panama 33 53 46 48
  Sierra Leone 46 54 55 n/a
  Botswana 54 55 62 84
  Kazakhstan 96 56 101 66
  Uganda 26 57 34 48
  Spain 79 58 62 57
  Haiti 53 59 40 28
  Honduras 74 60 58 55
  Namibia n/a 61 n/a n/a
  Croatia 127 62 130 133
  Ghana 77 63 54 61
  South Korea 75 64 60 n/a
  Bolivia 70 65 57 54
  Colombia 73 66 53 31
  Sudan n/a 67 n/a 61
  South Sudan 48 68 n/a n/a
  Nicaragua 76 69 67 82
  Belize n/a 70 n/a n/a
  Italy 82 72 79 21
  Tajikistan 87 73 34 64
  France 81 74 90 77
  Israel 43 75 32 31
    Nepal 39 76 44 55
  Uruguay 58 77 62 47
  Poland 109 78 115 84
  Vietnam 64 79 79 116
  Guinea 69 80 40 74
  Tanzania 57 81 87 51
  Portugal 90 82 78 71
  Albania 105 83 85 132
  Afghanistan 78 84 79 35
  Senegal 95 85 79 57
  Macedonia 119 86 72 118
  Zimbabwe 108 87 94 82
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 128 88 103 109
  Ukraine 106 89 103 102
  Mexico 107 90 85 76
  Congo 136 91 99 93
  Cameroon 51 92 58 63
  Romania 93 93 108 105
  Pakistan 92 94 61 53
  Bangladesh 94 95 72 89
  Lebanon 80 96 65 68
  Ethiopia 84 97 72 109
  Montenegro 133 98 130 126
  Estonia 118 99 103 93
  Cambodia 98 100 108 93
  Madagascar 132 101 110 113
  Japan 114 102 90 n/a
  Belarus 100 103 83 93
  Burkina Faso 72 104 90 109
  Brazil 68 105 90 91
  India 91 106 69 93
  Ivory Coast 104 107 69 n/a
  Argentina 83 108 77 78
  Mauritania 88 109 115 93
  Latvia 113 110 89 93
  Gabon 89 111 69 78
  Egypt 112 112 120 105
  Georgia 120 112 123 116
  Peru 65 114 72 84
  Bulgaria 129 115 126 118
  Kosovo 60 116 50 78
  El Salvador 85 117 96 107
  Jordan 71 118 99 120
  Serbia 135 118 124 123
  Moldova 110 120 96 88
  Mali 99 121 118 123
  Azerbaijan 131 122 87 69
  Slovakia 124 123 94 101
  Hungary 134 124 72 78
  Paraguay 101 125 68 45
  Morocco 123 126 112 115
  Democratic Republic of the Congo 136 127 112 131
  Venezuela 117 128 134 91
  Russia 126 129 126 123
  Czech Republic 121 130 112 103
  Ecuador 97 131 132 84
  Benin 102 132 103 120
  Togo 103 133 n/a n/a
  Angola n/a 134 96 n/a
  Niger 115 135 102 108
  Chad 111 136 115 93
  Rwanda 116 137 110 128
  Armenia 130 138 124 113
  Tunisia 122 139 120 103
  Greece 137 140 120 135
  Palestinian Territory 139 141 133 127
  Lithuania 124 142 119 120
  Yemen 138 143 134 130
  China 140 144 128 133
  Burundi n/a 145 n/a n/a
  Algeria n/a n/a n/a 109
  Comoros n/a n/a n/a 84
  Laos n/a n/a n/a 41
  Libya 44 n/a n/a 14
  Qatar n/a n/a n/a 9
  Somaliland 58 n/a n/a 26
  Suriname n/a n/a n/a 66
  Syria 66 n/a 30 35
  Trinidad and Tobago n/a n/a 10 n/a
  Turkey n/a n/a 128 128

"n/a" indicates a country was not surveyed for that year's World Giving Index report

Response to the results (2010)Edit

The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hailed the results of the Index where Sri Lanka came in 8th. President Rajapaksa said it captured, "the reality of our caring and sharing society".[8]

The President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou described the results as "unfair" and stated that Taiwan had transformed itself from an "importer of love to an exporter of love".[9]

Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector and Senator for New South Wales, Dr Ursula Stephens said, "I see each day the enormous efforts of our country’s five million volunteers and witness the generosity of the millions of Australians whose donations make the work of our non profit organisations possible. So this result on the World Giving Index is confirmation of what we already know – we are a country of generous people who are quick to lend a helping hand in times of need."[10]

The Community and Voluntary Sector Minister in New Zealand, Tariana Turia said, "The report shows that New Zealanders are particularly generous when it comes to giving money and helping strangers, but also in terms of volunteering. As a nation we must celebrate our generosity and make sure that our decisions and our actions bolster it even further."[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Giving Index 2010" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. September 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  2. ^ "World Giving Index 2016" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  3. ^ Gallup World Poll Methodology, Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "World Giving Index 2015" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  5. ^ "World Giving Index 2016" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  6. ^ "World Giving Index 2014" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  7. ^ "World Giving Index 2013" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. December 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  8. ^ Charles Haviland (13 September 2010). "Sri Lankan 'generosity' is hailed". BBC News South Asia. Retrieved 5 January 2018 – via www.bbc.com.
  9. ^ "President calls Taiwan's 'World Giving' rank 'unfair'". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  10. ^ Dr Ursula Stephens "Australia a Nation of Givers and Helpers". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  11. ^ "Turia Thrilled with Top-Ranking for Generous New Zealanders". Beehive. 9 September 2010. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2018.

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